Ranked no.19, Gael is having one of the best seasons of his career so far. He has a fantastic 15-3 win-loss record after she won the ATP500 in Rotterdam and he reached the semifinals in Sofia and Dubai. It seems that the relationship with his girlfriend Elina Svitolina is somewhat helping his tennis. In Indian Wells, Gael impressed after beating Djokovic’s conqueror, Philipp Kohlschreiber, 6-0 6-2.
Ranked no.8, Dominic is not shining in 2019. Before Indian Wells, he had a 3-4 win-loss record that he reversed in a 6-4 record after reaching the quarters in the desert. He got to the final 8 without dropping a single set after defeating Jordan Thompson 6-4 7-5, Gilles Simon 6-3 6-1, and Ivo Karlovic 6-4 6-3.
Gael Monfils vs. Dominic Thiem
This the 5 time that Gael and Dominic will face each other. The head to head is 4-0 for Thiem that has defeated Monfils also in the 4th round of Indian Wells in 2017, but that was “another” Monfils. This time, the Frenchman should be the favorite to win their clash.